Corgi literally translates as ‘dwarf dog’ in Welsh, and these spirited little fighters are certainly that! Standing just three to four inches in height, the Corgi is one of the smallest breeds of dog on Earth. Originally bred to herd rats back onto ships bound for the Continent during an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in seventeenth century London, the Corgi has gone on to become one of the world’s most beloved canine friends. Favoured by Queen Elizabeth II of England, the dogs are often to be seen accompanying her on her duties. The Royal Corgies (named Huey, Dewey and Louie after Her Majesty’s favourite Disney characters) have become well-known fixtures on the world stage and, indeed, appear to some to have developed ideas above their station! It is important to remember, however, that arrogance is not, generally speaking, a characteristic of the breed and the Corgi is actually a very humble creature.